New Hampshire Division 1 Boys Poll
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While a fair number of head-to-head clashes could re-shape the rankings by week’s end, for now undefeated No. 1 Salem (4-0-0; 8-0-0 overall) continues to lead the way and shows no signs of slowing down. The Blue Devils’ stifling defense has yielded just six goals in league play. Home dates with Trinity (Wednesday) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Saturday) are on the docket this week.
Undefeated No. 2 Nashua North (4-0-0; 7-0-0 overall) has been equally impressive and resumed league play with Saturday’s 3-1 decision of always-tough Hanover on Saturday. North takes on defending champ Manchester Memorial Wednesday in a game that could tell a lot about each team.
No. 3 Memorial (3-0-1) climbed two spots this week and used a four-goal third-period outburst to subdue Concord Saturday, 5-0. In addition to North on Wednesday, Memorial meets city rival Manchester Central on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s State title game.
No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (4-1-1) toppled Bishop Guertin Saturday, 4-2, behind goalie Zane Angelopoulos (29 saves). The Saints get their regular-season shot at Salem on Saturday.
You can expect No. 5 Manchester Central (2-1-0) has had Saturday’s State championship rematch circled on the calendar since Day One. Should be quite a battle at JFK (6:30) in the rivals’ first of two regular-season meetings.
No. 6 Trinity (2-1-0) walloped Nashua South Saturday, 7-1, and now takes on the top two teams in the poll in succession on Wednesday (at Salem) and Saturday (home vs. Memorial).
No. 7 Londonderry (2-2-0) rolled over Bishop Brady Saturday, 8-1, and squares off with Hanover and Bishop Guertin this week.
No. 8 Bishop Guertin (1-3-0) shoots to snap a three-game skid with home dates against South and Londonderry.
No. 9 Hanover (1-2-0) hopes to make headway in its games against Londonderry and Pinkerton.
No. 10 Pinkerton (0-2-1) shoots for new coach Joey Lee’s first win Wednesday night at Concord.